Ron Popeil, prodigious inventor and infomercial king, dies at 86

Ron Popeil, prodigious inventor and infomercial king, dies at 86

(NEXSTAR) – Ron Popeil, the New York native, whose masterful marketing and numerous successful products made him synonymous with TV infomercials, has reportedly died at the age of 86.

His family told TMZ that Popeil died on Wednesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles while surrounded by family members and friends. It is not clear what the cause of death was, only that he suffered an unspecified medical emergency. Popeil’s agent later confirmed his death in a statement to Fox News.

Even if you’ve never spent long nights following his product presentations, chances are you know some of his buzzwords, such as: B. “But wait, there is more!”

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Popeil, who began bringing his television pitches straight to America’s living rooms in the 1950s, coined another well-known line: “Set it, and forget it!” on the sale of the Showtime rotisserie, which TMZ said had domestic sales of more than $ 1 billion.

According to his website, he sold over $ 1 million worth of his Showtime Rotisseries during a one-hour live segment on QVC, which is a world record according to the website.

His other well-known products include The Chop-O-Matic, Mr. Microphone, the Popeil Pocket Fisherman, Veg-o-Matic, the Buttoneer, the Smokeless Ashtray, the Inside-the-Egg Scrambler, Hair in a Can Spray and the Strass stud setter (who later became a bedazzler, according to Popeil’s website).

His on-screen presence and clever inventions made him a household name and he has been parodied or featured in a number of television shows and films. Dan Aykroyd channeled Popeil to sell his “Bass-O-Matic” first on an episode of “Saturday Night Live” from 1976 and then in 2015.

Popeil founded his own company Ronco in 1964 and sold it for $ 55 million in 2005.

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